Con­trol­ling fun­guses could cut waste by $13.6b

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China could cut food waste by 85 bil­lion yuan ($13.6 bil­lion) a year if it were to pre­vent and con­trol toxic fun­guses that de­stroy grain har­vests and threaten hu­man health world­wide, ex­perts said.

“Preven­tion and con­trol of my­co­tox­ins is an ur­gent need for China and the world in guar­an­tee­ing food and en­vi­ron­ment se­cu­rity,” said Chen Meng­shan, head of the China Academy of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ences, at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the In­ter­na­tional My­co­toxin Con­fer­ence 2014 in Bei­jing.

About 31 mil­lion met­ric tons of grain a year —or 6.2 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal an­nual grain out­put — are tainted by my­co­tox­ins, ac­cord­ing to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Grain.

My­co­tox­ins are toxic fun­gal me­tab­o­lites pro­duced by molds, which oc­cur fre­quently in ar­eas with a hot and hu­mid cli­mate that is fa­vor­able for the growth of molds.

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